ARRC is a specialist resource for acupuncture research information; the only such resource in the UK. It is funded by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) It was established in 1994 by the BAcC in partnership with the Foundation for Research in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a research charity.


ARRC’s central aim is to serve registered acupuncturists and others by providing good quality information on research into acupuncture. Thus it supports practice and promotes further research. ARRC also aims to increase awareness of the role and effectiveness of acupuncture and hence help in getting wider acceptance for the use of acupuncture within our health system.


The coordinator/director is Mark Bovey MSc MBAcC. He has been an acupuncture practitioner since 1983 and on the faculty of a UK acupuncture teaching institution since 1996. He took the ARRC job on 1998 and has been on the BAcC’s Research Committee since 2000, becoming the Research Manager in 2011. He has been co-investigator in several research projects, organized and participated in acupuncture research workshops and is the author of articles published in a wide range of books and journals.


ARRC was founded in 1994 at York. Its initial task being to compile a database of acupuncture research material


Now in its 19th year, the ARRC symposium is the UK's premier acupuncture research annual event.

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